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Afghanistan: Child Centers Have No Funding for Food

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The Aschiana Foundation is reporting that two of its child centers in Afghanistan are out of funding for food. Aschiana provides a refuge for street children in Kabul, who work and beg to support their struggling families. These children are caught in a poverty trap very early in life.

At the Aschiana center, the children receive a meal and also tutoring.  But funding is a major crisis for Aschiana as it tries to maintain steady food supplies for the children. The two child centers that are currently out of funding help 300 children.


Funding is needed for the Aschiana Foundation to consistently provide meals at its centers for street children in Afghanistan. (Aschiana Foundation photo)

Throughout all of Afghanistan there are around 600,000 street children. There should be a full ration program for all of them, which would include food at tutoring or class sessions as well as take home-rations. This would fight staggering child malnutrition and at the same time encourage attendance at tutoring and eventually school. The take-home rations would serve as a vital safety net for the families of street children.

Where possible, local food producers could supply the ration programs for the street children.The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) encourages local purchase of food for its aid programs which includes school feeding. WFP also began partnering with Aschiana last year with take-home rations. This program is in need of expansion.

There are some ways you can get involved. First, contact the Aschiana Foundation about supporting their child centers which are facing the food shortage.

You can also sign a petition calling for a full ration program for the street children.  To learn more about hunger in Afghanistan, visit the World Food Programme web site.

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About William Lambers

William Lambers is the author of several books including Ending World Hunger: School Lunches for Kids Around the World. This book features over 50 interviews with officials from the UN World Food Programme and other charities discussing school feeding programs that fight child hunger. He is also the author of Nuclear Weapons, The Road to Peace: From the Disarming of the Great Lakes to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Open Skies for Peace, The Spirit of the Marshall Plan: Taking Action Against World Hunger, School Lunches for Kids Around the World, The Roadmap to End Global Hunger, From War to Peace and the Battle of Britain. He is also a writer for the History News Service. His articles have been published by newspapers including the Cincinnati Enquirer, Des Moines Register, the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Buffalo News, San Diego Union Tribune, the Providence Journal, Free Lance-Star (VA), the Bakersfield Californian, the Washington Post, Miami Herald (FL), Chicago Sun-Times, the Patriot Ledger (MA), Charleston Sunday Gazette Mail (WV), the Cincinnati Post, Salt Lake Tribune (UT), North Adams Transcript (MA), Wichita Eagle (KS), Monterey Herald (CA), Athens Banner-Herald (GA) and the Duluth News Journal. His articles also appear on History News Network (HNN) and Think Africa Press. Mr. Lambers is a graduate of the College of Mount St. Joseph in Ohio with degrees in Liberal Arts (BA) and Organizational Leadership (MS). He is also a member of the Feeding America Blogger Council.